Miguel had one of the biggest years of his life last year, and was deservedly nominated for two Grammys to further validate his success. However, it was a performance covering Michael Jackson‘s She’s Out Of My Life that really proved why he is one of the biggest names in RnB.
Although only 30 seconds, you could hear a pin drop as his voice soared. Backed only by a gentle piano courtesy of Greg Phillinganes, the song’s original keyboardist, Miguel stood under a bright spotlight as vintage footage of MJ himself singing the same song played above. Doing the song total justice, our only qualm is that it didn’t go for much, much longer.
The reason for Miguel’s tribute is that Jackson’s Off The Wall is getting the reissue treatment this year. That, and the fact that Michael Jackson should be honoured at every music awards ceremony, in this writer’s opinion at least. Taking time after he finished singing to further pay tribute to the King of Pop, Miguel said “It’s really hard to believe that it’s been more than 35 years since Michael won his first Grammy for a song from Off the Wall,” before presenting the nominees for Best Rock Performance.
He went onto hint that a documentary about the record is on it’s way as well, saying, “It’s an album that broke down barriers in pop music and it’s now the subject of the new documentary by the legendary Spike Lee.”
Check out the brief, but beautiful performance below:
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